Luke Combs has been on such a role since the 2016 hit "Hurricane" became the first of nine straight No. 1's on Billboard's Country Airplay chart that it's easy to forget that he's a relatively new Nashville star compared to the likes of Brad Paisley, Eric Church, Keith Urban, Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan and other century-defining talents.
In fact, back when many of his current equals were already the toasts of Tennessee, Combs and his friend Adam Church were recording the hits of the time on video and posting them on YouTube. Examples of this include the friends' 2011 rendition of Bryan's "I Don't Want This Night to End." The song appears on Bryan's 2011 album Tailgates and Tanlines. It became the Georgia-born country artist's third No. 1 hit. The music video for "I Don't Want This Night to End" doubled as Bryan's first time showing off his skill as a leading man.
One Luke does another Luke proud as Combs offers a taste of things to come with this Bryan, Ben Hayslip, Dallas Davidson and Rhett Akins so-write.
A quick look at the comments finds Combs graciously accepting any praise he could get. Wonder if anyone interacting with him directly back then had any clue that within a few years, every new hit or music video from Combs would seem like the potential last step toward a CMA award or ACM award for Entertainer of the Year?
Combs' playlist of chart-topping country songs and in-concert favorites includes "When It Rains It Pours," "One Number Away," "She Got the Best of Me," "Beautiful Crazy," "Beer Never Broke My Heart," "Even Though I'm Leaving," Eric Church duet "Does to Me" and "Lovin' on You." Expect that list to keep growing once Combs starts delivering his next batch of new songs from the Ryman Auditorium stage or an arena near you.